Friday, 22 October 2010

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Review...

In The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) 'A flying saucer lands in Washington, DC. The lone occupant steps out and is shot by a jumpy soldier. A large and very powerful robot appears to save him and is able to melt tanks with the slightest bit of his power. The wounded alien orders Gort to stop his rampage and is taken to a hospital from which he escapes in order to learn more about this planet, by boarding with a family. When they begin to suspect him, he reveals himself, along with the news that Gort is a member of a race of super-robot enforcers invented to keep the peace of the galaxy that will destroy the Earth if provoked.'

The day the earth stood still was a film that I was already aware would have a big impact on our trailer after doing a lot of thorough research. So it was really important to take in the whole film as it has been such a big influence. I was particularly interested in the sound and military influences which didn't disappoint, with a strong sci fi soundtrack that was eerie throughout the film. The sound in the film played a huge part in making the film much more eerie and scary, particularly for the people who would have been watching the film for the first time in the 50s. Unfortunately the story and invasion aspect of the film didn't have an impact on the audience of today's generation as we are aware of the structure of these films, which makes it fairly predictable. Despite this, as filmmakers, we must appreciate films like the day the earth stood still which is arguably the origin of these rules and conventions, and possibly the first sci-fi film of it's kind. Overall, you can see the influence of this film even in today's sci-fi films and therefore I can only admire a film like the day the earth stood still which has helped form possibly my favourite film genre.

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